We have, beloved reader, entered another period of ordinary time. The stretch of time between Lent/Easter/Pentecost and the coming of the new lectionary year that starts with Advent. Through the next few months we will probably journey through much teaching and much heat and turbulent weather – both scriptural and meteorological! We are, now, with the Israelites during their long journey from exodus to settling in the promised land. In a way, mimicking our journey of moving through the aftermath of covid-19 and the political/sociological turmoil of the day.
“They had journeyed from Rephidim, entered the wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness; Israel camped there in front of the mountain. Then Moses went up to God; the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the Israelites: You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now therefore, if you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession out of all the peoples. Indeed, the whole earth is mine, but you shall be for me a priestly kingdom and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the Israelites.” (Exodus 19:2 – 6)
I had said some days back that the Hebrews/Israelites/Jews had been called upon to be the template of the called and chosen people. And they were – both stories of success and how they went astray.
“So Moses came, summoned the elders of the people, and set before them all these words that the LORD had commanded him. The people all answered as one: “Everything that the LORD has spoken we will do.” (Verses 7 – 8a)
The best of intentions. It is the ongoing story of humanity – that individual members have the best of intentions. But as time and opportunity has shown, those good and noble intentions . . . . well quite honestly, fall flat on their individual and collective faces. There is enough good to give us hope; and enough bad to be cautionary tales. What will you be, beloved reader? Shalom & Selah!